Back in mid-February 2020, Ajax hosted members of the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit to renew the Ajax MNSHARP Worksite status. As with previous years, the WSC visit focused on the type of improvements that make the Ajax workplace as safe as possible.
Ajax just received word that the 2020 renewal application was approved. Ajax is once again a MNSHARP Worksite. Mission accomplished!
“One lost-time injury is one too many,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “We’ve been a part of the MNSHARP program for many years. We’re willing to take extra time to make these continual improvements because we know they prevent injuries,” he said. In 2019, Ajax was one of only 37 MNSHARP Worksites.
The Ajax Safety Team works directly with MNSHARP auditors to develop and implement the company’s written safety program. Key elements of this program include management leadership and employee involvement, allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education. The Ajax team then pursues an aggressive compliance work plan to make the program changes and improvements.
MNSHARP recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards, and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.
Incentives for participant companies include assistance from the department’s Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit, public recognition for employers and employees, and exemption from Minnesota OSHA Compliance scheduled inspection lists.
To achieve this status, each company works together with WSC to develop and implement an effective written safety program. Key elements of this comprehensive program include management leadership and employee involvement; allocation of resources to address safety issues; systems that identify and control workplace hazards; and a plan for employee safety training and education.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems by offering participation in recognition and exemption programs. MNSHARP is Minnesota’s version of that program.
Thanks and congratulations, Ajax Safety Team!